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Daniel S. White Correspondence

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Daniel S. White was born March 12, 1837, in Reading, Vermont, the son of Calvin and Charlotte White. He enlisted as a sergeant in Company I, 2nd Vermont Volunteers on May 7, 1861 in Cavendish, Vermont. He was promoted to lieutenant January 8, 1863 and was commissioned as captain on January 26, 1863. White was discharged on October 24, 1864 because of wounds received at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864. He died in June, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Time Period Covered: August 3, 1861 - September 22, 1863 

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Vermonters in the Civil War

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Daniel S. White Civil War Letters

Published:  March 10, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives

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Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria E. Howe

Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

Date:  1863-05-11

Resource type:   correspondence

Letter includes a poetic description of nature, contrasting with itthe blight of slavery, and his hope for the end of the war. It also includes ruminations on death in the field versus a natural death at home. As well, he writes of love. He then gives details of the health of his Company, including the news that Sergeant Beckwith was bitten by a snake, and mentions several visitors.

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    Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria E. Howe

    Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

    Date:  1863-09-22

    Resource type:   correspondence

    Short letter mentioning photographs, pay, and his health.

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      Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria E. Howe

      Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

      Date:  1861-08-03

      Resource type:   correspondence

      Topics include the witnessing of a hanging execution of a man from the New Hampshire 2nd Regiment who had killed an innocent woman (wife of a rebel soldier), his reaction to the hanging, of military tactics to deter the rebels advance, of breakfast awaiting consisting of fried pork bread and coffee.

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        Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria E. Howe

        Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

        Date:  1861-08-12

        Resource type:   correspondence

        Topics include taking a Negro woman and her children as prisoners to keep them safe from their master, anticipation of a battle, false rumor that officers appropriated a box meant for the soldiers for it was delivered to the men.

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          Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria E. Howe

          Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

          Date:  1864-03-31

          Resource type:   correspondence

          He writes of the return to Vermont of his wife’s brother, Oramel G. Howe, of sending her a can of milk, as well as other items, going to Brandy Station on business, having drill practice and of witnessing a horse race in which $1000 was the prize.

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            Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria Howe White

            Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

            Date:  1864-05

            Resource type:   correspondence

            Topics include a photograph of Maria with a new hair style and a joking encounter with another officer about the photograph. He also writes of memories of his youth and how he would never have believed there would be a civil war and that he would participate in one.

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              Title:   Daniel S. White to Maria Howe White

              Creator:  White, Daniel S., 1837-1912

              Date:  1864-05-10

              Resource type:   correspondence

              Letter written to reassure his wife that he was alive, though wounded in the leg, after the Battle of the Wilderness.

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